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Analytics in the Cloud Keeps Getting Easier

  ENVI has always contained a robust library of image processing routines that form the building blocks for more complex algorithms and workflows. At version 5.0, we began exposing these building blocks through a user friendly application programming interface (API) called ENVITask. ENVITask provides the programmer with a uniform and consistent method for executing analytical processes.

ENVITask is also self documenting which minimizes the need for a developer to consult the API documentation to discover what parameters the routine expects as inputs and produces as outputs. By using ENVITask, developers will not only spend less time iterating on code to resolve bugs or validation errors, but will also produce clean, easy-to-read, code that can quickly be modified and extended by the next person.

With each release, we continue to add to the list of available ENVITasks. The newly released ENVI 5.2 Service Pack 1 is shipping with over 80 individual tasks. To see the full list, visit this link:

With the latest release, we are exposing the mechanism to allow you to write our own custom tasks. Regardless of your level of ENVI programming expertise, we believe you’ll experience the following benefits when using the ENVITask API.

  1. Built-in validation and parameter checking means you don’t have to write as much code to handle errors.
  2. Built-in temporary and output file management – ENVI will automatically generate unique file names and clean up these files when you’re done with them.
  3. Dynamic User Interface Generation – ENVITasks are capable of generating their own dialogs to collect user input. You can put more focus on the algorithm and not worry about programming user interface widgets.
  4. Easy deployment to the web – Once an ENVITask is working in the desktop development environment, it can immediately be deployed to our enterprise application for distributed processing or web access without additional programming.

For hands on examples of building your own custom ENVITask, open the ENVI help system, then visit the ‘Custom Tasks’ topic under Programming. Also, check back on our blog, Imagery Speaks, as we’ll be highlighting these techniques in the coming months.

Product News

The upcoming releases of ENVI and IDL will be the last releases to support the Windows XP operating system. Visit the Exelis VIS Platform and Feature Support article for a list of supported operating systems for each release.

Join us for the ENVI Analytics Symposium

Exelis VIS is hosting the first ENVI Analytics Symposium (EAS) this August 25-26 in Boulder, Colorado. We’ll be bringing together the leading experts in remote sensing to identify technology trends and advanced analytic solutions that will shape the future of our industry.  

We have a great speaker list that includes Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett (Ret), Syracuse University faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Lawrie Jordan, Director of Imagery for ESRI, and Dr. Shay Har-Noy who serves as Director of Geospatial Big Data at DigitalGlobe.

Join your fellow thought leaders and practitioners for a deep dive into latest advancements of analytics in remote sensing and delve into such topics as the role of analytics in global security issues and future trends and needs for Big Data analytics. Register before May 31, to take advantage of early bird discount pricing.

Exelis VIS Partners with CloudEO

  Exelis VIS has entered a new partnership with CloudEO to offer ENVI® image analysis software in a virtualized, cloud environment. This partnership offers consumers a unique service that brings together geospatial data, geospatial software, and the processing power of the cloud.

With ENVI software now available on the scalable CloudEO infrastructure, businesses can easily predict software costs for projects, rapidly scale up operations to handle large scale projects, and even develop products and services that can be sold to potential customers.

Through this partnership, anyone can access ENVI via their desktop while simultaneously taking advantage of the computational capability of working in the cloud. Customers can sign up for as much or as little “time” with the software as they need based on their project requirement. “With tighter margins and shrinking budgets, this option gives our customers the ability to do more with less,” according to Beau Legeer, manager of U.S. Sales and Services, Exelis VIS. “Cloud technology offers our customers a new way to increase employee collaboration, create efficiencies, simplify IT management and improve organizational access to information.”

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Take your ENVI and IDL skills to the next level with classroom training – at no cost! Current customers can take courses at no cost in our Boulder, CO and Herndon, VA classrooms through the end of 2015. View descriptions and calendar of available courses to find the class that meets your needs.

Application Development with IDL I - Milan, Italy
April 7, 2015 — Milan, Italy

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April 14, 2015 — Milan, Italy

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April 14, 2015 — Bracknell, UK

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April 22, 2015 — Gilching, Germany

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April 28, 2015 — Milan, Italy

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ENVI Boot Camp + LiDAR
May 6, 2015 — Herndon, VA

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